North Korea attacks Australia with nuclear threats

North Korean soldiers peer across the border

The European Union has imposed new sanctions on North Korea aimed at punishing the country for its nuclear and ballistic weapons program.

North Korea's delegation is not ready for talks with South Korean representatives at the Inter-Parliamentary Union assembly, according to Matvienko.

A defiant Australia has hit back at North Korea's threat, stating the country will never get intimidated after Pyongyang issued a warning to expect a "disaster". But shortly before Chung Sye-kyun, speaker of South Korea's National Assembly, was to take the floor, a TASS correspondent saw the North Korean delegation leaving the conference hall and going outside the building.

"Lately, Australia is showing risky moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the USA against the DPRK", state-run news agency KCNA said in a statement on Saturday.

"Australia is showing unsafe moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the U.S.", said the North Korean spokesperson.


"We are determined to build up our nuclear forces until peace in struggle with the United States is secured", he added.

Ms Bishop said North Korea was entirely to blame for escalating tensions in the region, because it had defied UN Security Council resolutions and pressed ahead with nuclear tests.

In August around 25 Australian defence personnel took part in the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise, a large-scale simulated military operation staged regularly by USA and South Korean military forces.

After the visit, Bishop said that the aim of Australia is to prevent North Korea from carrying out any further illegal acts and to compel it back to the negotiating table to resolve the current crisis which is deadly risky.

He said North Korea should obey all the United Nations security council resolutions which have been passed condemning their missile activity and attempts to develop a nuclear weapon.

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